Abeokuta resident gets N300,000 refund after being robbed by Ogun State Police
A Twitter user, named Adebola, who stays in Abeokuta has been refunded N300,000 after reporting the unlawful extortion of the same amount by some officers from the Ogun State Police Command on Thursday.
Adebola took to social media to express his displeasure on Friday, after the unnamed officers attached to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department approached them for money with the allegation of being internet fraudsters ‘Yahoo-Yahoo boys’.
The incident occurred at the Interchange roundabout in the Gateway State capital when the victim and his brother were transporting their mother to a hospital in a private car.
“I know I’m not an influencer but I really hope this gets the needed attention. My brother and I were stopped yesterday 6, Aug 2020, at interchange roundabout while we were taking our mum to a hospital in Abeokuta by members of the Police who had Eleweran SCIID written on their shirt,” Adebola tweeted.
“They profiled us as Yahoo boys and forcibly took our phones from us, after about 30mins of going through our phones and finding nothing, they asked who owns the car we were driving, and we told them it belongs to my sister.
“Who allowed us to take the car out because we were taking my mum to the hospital, after about an hour of interrogation, they got into our car and drove us to a place in Siun where they stopped and demanded 500k. Which we insisted that we can’t pay because we have done nothing wrong.
“Out of anger and perceiving us as being stubborn and not willing to comply, they drove us to a police station in Owode-Egba roundabout, opposite Oando filling station where they threatened to lock us up and said we would pay more if we spend a night in their cell.
“They went through the phones again saying it’s not possible for us to have nothing on us. This time they found an alert on my brother’s phone with an available balance of 1.2m the angry officer asked how my brother got that amount of money in his account which my brother explained that he is a forex trader and he even showed the officer his trades and charts.
“We realised it was getting serious and out of hand because the officers looked desperate and willing to do anything to us. So we decided to negotiate with them and they said are not taking less than 300k from us because of the stress we have put them through. We agreed to pay the money just to gain our freedom back because my mum was scared to death and worried also.
“So they directed us to a POS close to the police station to make the withdrawal. After collecting the money they now asked us to make a 1min video saying we are yahoo boys and admitting that no money was taken from us(we did it because my mum was worried and these men cocked gun like 1m times).
“They were very careful not to mention their names, they go by different code names. I could remember ERU, TIGER and AGBARA. Please sir, 300k is a whole lot to lose at a time like this. I would really appreciate if something can be done to get the money back. We have proof of the debit alert and the location the withdrawal was made.”
300k is a whole lot to lose at a time like this. I would really appreciate if something can be done to get the money back. We have proof of the debit alert and the location the withdrawal was made pic.twitter.com/DFAEjjq75T
— Adebola (@educatedthurg) August 7, 2020
After lodging his complaint on Friday, the Police Complaint Response Unit acknowledged it with immediate investigation initiated.
— POLICE COMPLAINT (@PoliceNG_CRU) August 7, 2020
On Saturday, Adebola confirmed the refund of the N300,000 collected from him, including the service charges at the Point of Sale (POS) terminal.
“Update: thank you Rugged Man, Sega Link, Police Complaint Response Unit and all those that retweeted and liked my post. We got our money back including the POS charges. Face with tears of joy. I just pray the Nigerian Police could do better in their way of operating,” he confirmed.
Update: thank you @RuggedyBaba @segalink @PoliceNG_CRU and all those that retweeted and liked my post. We got our money back including the POS charges?. I just pray the Nigerian Police could do better in their way of operating
— Adebola (@educatedthurg) August 8, 2020
Meanwhile, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi faulted Adebola for not reporting the matter to the nearest police station.
“We have always said it that if any of our men are guilty of any misdemeanour, the right thing to do is to report to the authorities concerned. If you report, we will be able to fish out those people and deal with them based on laid down rules, Oyeyemi was quoted as saying by the Punch.
“The police will never condone any act of indiscipline, extortion, or corruption. That is why we have different units dealing with such situations. We have X-Squad, Provost, CP’s Monitoring, AIG Monitoring; they are all to monitor the excesses of our men.
“If you claim that the sum of N300,000 was collected from you and you just kept quiet, and you don’t deem it fit to report those policemen and you go on social media to report, it does not make any sense.
“Go and report for us to know the exact point where it happened and we will know the people who were there at that particular time. What if they are not even policemen?”